[Air-L] DiGRA Nordic 2012 Call for Papers

Frans Mäyrä frans.mayra at uta.fi
Tue Sep 13 08:27:04 PDT 2011

Please distribute this as appropriate - hope to see some of you in the DiGRA
2011 in Utrecht this week; - Frans

*DiGRA Nordic 2012 Call for Papers*

DiGRA Nordic 2012 - “Local and Global: Games in Culture and Society”
6-8 June 2012, Tampere, Finland

- Overview: The study of games, players and related phenomena has expanded
strongly both in its academic as well as in geographical range during the
last decade. The DiGRA Nordic 2012 conference aims bring together Nordic and
non-Nordic games researchers to discuss the cultural and social context of
games and play from multiple perspectives, including reflections of local
and global in game cultures. Year 2012 is the tenth anniversary of the
Tampere Computer Games and Digital Cultures (CGDC 2002) conference,
providing also an opportunity to reflect on the last decade of developments
in Nordic game studies, as well as its wider international scope. The
conference will be open to themes related to non-digital, as well as digital
games and their different forms of play.

- Review process: the conference accepts full paper submissions, which will
be handled in anonymous peer review. There will be online publication of
accepted papers in the DiGRA Digital Library.

- Venue: The conference will take place in Tampere, Finland, and will be
jointly hosted by Universities of Tampere, Jyväskylä and Turku. The modern
facilities of the new Technopolis building and the University of Tampere
campus provide the venue for plenary keynote sessions and paper sessions in
parallel rooms. There will be also social and other program available during
the event, that will be announced later.

- Suggested themes: the conference is open to multiple approaches,
including, but not limited to the following:
local/global in game cultures
* historical perspectives into digital gaming
* social player studies
* games industry
* design of games
* gambling vs. gaming studies
* games as art
* critical approaches to gaming
* games as media and communication

- Organisers: The conference will be hosted jointly by the Finnish DIGRA
chapter, coordinated by Dr Olli Sotamaa and the Creation of Game Cultures
research project, coordinated by professor Frans Mäyrä. Assisted by the
review board and local organising team, the main organisers are:
Review Chair: professor Raine Koskimaa
Program Chair: professor Jaakko Suominen
Local Chair: professor Frans Mäyrä

- Dates:
* deadline for full papers, panels and alternative forms: 13 February 2012
* authors are informed of review: 2 April 2012
* final paper submission deadline: 7 May 2012
* conference dates: 6-8 June 2012

- Contact details: You can find more, up-to-date information in
http://digra-nordic2012.org. The email contact address for the organising
team is: digranordic2012 [at] gmail.com.

Welcome to Tampere! 

PS. Don't forget the Role-Playing in Games seminar, taking place in April
10-11, 2012, also in Tampere. This seminar has a work-in-progress emphasis,
and the purpose of the seminar is to have peer-to-peer discussions and
thereby provide support in refining and improving research work in role-play
studies. For more information, see http://roleplayingames.wordpress.com/

   Frans Mäyrä, Professor, Digital Culture & Game Studies
   ** Information Studies and Interactive Media INFIM/TRIM
   ** School of Information Sciences SIS **
   ** 33014 University of Tampere, Finland **
   frans.mayra at uta.fi / fransmayra at gmail.com / frans at unet.fi
   ** gms 050 3367650 / fax  03 3551 7503 www.uta.fi/sis/
   www.fransmayra.fi www.unet.fi www.uta.fi/~frans.mayra

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